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Eighty year old mass murderer Charles Manson is leaving Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club while in prison to marry
26 year old Afton Elaine Burton.
Manson obtained a marriage license on November 7th, 2014, and have 90 days to plan a wedding with up to 10 guests in the lavish venue of the Corcoran State Prison in California.
Their love story began when Burton, who goes by Star, fell for the murderer at age 17 after reading some of his environmental writings. They wrote
letters and talked on the phone until she turned 19. She then took her $2000 savings and moved
to California to be closer to him from Illinois. She's been incredibly devoted to Manson, despite the iron bars keeping them apart, even running his fan site and his official Facebook page.
"I'm completely with him, and he's completely with me. It's what I was born for, you know. I don't know what else to say." she said in an interview.
“Star! She’s not a woman. She’s a star in the Milky Way!” said Manson in an interview
with Rolling Stone.
To make things more interesting, she maintains his innocence. “Charles Manson is not a murderer and has NEVER killed anyone, nor did he ever ‘order’ any crimes to be committed on his behalf; it’s a lie,” she wrote on Facebook. She intends to use the new gained title of "wife" to get access to files to get him out of prison.
While the public is incredibly disapproving of the relationship, Star's family isn't as well. According to her mother, Melissa Burton, none of her relatives are on the guest list.
“It’s not that kind of a wedding . . . She knows how we feel about it. If I could choose a life for my daughter, I’d choose a normal one," she said. However, as for her thoughts on Manson, she said “I know he has made lots of bad choices, but I don’t think he’s dangerous. The media has made him into more of a monster than he is."
“I’m not scared about her safety and I don’t believe my daughter is brainwashed.”
As for the reception and the consummation? The prison doesn't allow conjugal visits, so that is unlikely to happen.
Manson is currently serving a life sentence for the Tate-LaBianca murders in connection with the Manson Family. He is eligible for parole in 2027.
Yeah, this sounds like a reason Grandma will encourage you to get out of your single life at the Thanksgiving table.
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